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Unexpected Places Mold Damage Hides in Your Naples House
Mold can spread quickly if moisture was not eliminated after damage. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate today.
SERVPRO Technicians Root Out the Causes of Mold Damage in Your Home
The danger of managing seemingly minor water damage yourself is missing secondary issues like the leading edge of mold growth. If your home gives off a musty, sour smell, it is likely some moisture remained after you believed all the water was gone. Hoping the smell dissipates is unwise as its source is in all probability mold. The mold detection team at SERVPRO is your best bet to locate concealed pockets of microbial growth.
Your carpeting soaked up some driving rain a few weeks ago when the wind blew hard through an open window. Calling in a professional water removal company seemed like an overreaction, so you ran a shop vacuum over it and used some fans to avoid mold damage to your Naples house. Now you worry that skipping a professional inspection was a mistake. Better late than never, invite our mold remediation experts to help determine if mold grew and needed abatement.
Unless you lifted the carpeting and dried it on both sides, you left a perfect breeding area for spores in a few different places. The underside of the carpeting offers a network of fibers and cords that provide good cover for mold. Damp padding is also an incubator for mold growth. Final areas that go undetected even by inexperienced or poorly trained restorers are the carpet tack strips. Often made of untreated softwood or particle board, these strips soak up water like a sponge and resist superficial efforts to dry them out. These moisture-laden pieces of wood are a buffet for molds, unseen but not unsmelled.
Had our SERVPRO technicians responded when the water first saturated your carpeting, we would have followed a different series of steps. We always pull up carpeting and often determine to replace the padding. It is an inexpensive fix that avoids the collateral damage of mold growth. Tack strips dry out if exposed to air and warmth, and we apply both during almost every job with waterlogged carpeting. Evaluating moisture levels and meeting drying goals give the homeowner the best chance at riding out wet carpeting without subsequent problems.
Time passes making easy solutions less effective. Your carpeting and padding now need replacing as mold entangles with every fiber. We contain the area, running an air scrubber to keep airborne spores in place. Carpet and mold disposal follows local regulations, and the subfloor receives disinfection. New padding, carpeting, and tack strips install for a price that you prefer to avoid, but no longer have that luxury.
Next time your floor coverings take on rainwater contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island for a friendly review of the situation. Making that appointment is as easy as calling (239) 302-5700.
Solutions For Water Damage In Naples
Water damage restoration has the best outcome if trained staff with professional strength extraction equipment are on your site quickly.
Water Damage Solutions From SERVPRO
Visitors look forward for months to a stimulating golf vacation at one of our area’s championship courses. Afternoons spent shopping or relaxing at one of our famous white sand beaches deserve a restful night in your luxury hotel. Be certain that any damage done by a careless previous guest does not ruin a current stay by engaging SERVPRO to abate any moisture issues.
Thousands of travelers visit Florida’s Gulf hotels without incident, but an accident with a tipped over cooler or unsecured shower causes water damage to your Naples lodging. The last thing your next guests want is to walk over a sodden carpet or see dark staining on the bathroom ceiling.
Your clientele deserves fresh and clean guest rooms, but mishaps do happen. SERVPRO awaits your call, ready to resolve any unexpected water issues quickly. If your staff informs you that carpeting is soaked or the tile floor is swimming contact the water damage experts rather than overloading your housekeeping staff with water removal challenges we handle with ease.
Water damage restoration has the best outcome if trained staff with professional strength extraction equipment are on your site as soon after the soaking as possible. Your guest rooms feature plush carpeting and luxury tile, both within our power to return to pre-loss condition if the timing is right. Once we understand the layout of the room and the extent of the water damage, SERVPRO technicians spring into action.
We understand you cannot afford to have guest rooms out of commission during the height of tourist season. Fortunately, our staff receives extensive schooling on the methods necessary to dry floor coverings in place, using techniques that direct airflow under the carpeting without removing it in its entirety. Padding also profits from this method, or we replace just that part as a cost effective remedy while removing all moisture from the carpet and relaying it. Our crew vacuums up water on tile, and checks for leakage below. Air movers and dehumidifiers reduce the ambient moisture in the room and the carpeting. Within hours SERVPRO releases most rooms back, clean, refreshed, and dry, “Like it never even happened.”
Keep your promises to your guest with help from SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island. Contact us at (239) 302-5700 as soon as you note water damage, and we bring it under control fast.
Water Damaged Ceiling Repair in Your Naples Home
Don't ignore your water damaged ceiling. Call SERVPRO to investigate.
SERVPRO Technicians Figure Out the Cause of the Damage Before Proceeding with the Repair
Perhaps the most dangerous effect that a water disaster can have on your home is a water damaged ceiling. Water can compromise the structural integrity of your ceiling, which is, of course, a particularly important section of your home. A weakened ceiling could lead to a lot of possible dangerous scenarios – small holes can get much larger when neglected, the ceiling can get warped or sag, or even worse, it could cave in altogether.
Many causes of water damage to your Naples home targets the ceiling. In a home with a single story, the damage may be from a leaking roof or broken water pipe. In a home with two stories, damage can be from a leaking toilet or shower on the second floor, meaning that water drips down onto the ceiling of the first floor. Regardless of the cause, the important thing is to pay attention to any water damage immediately, so the problem does not get worse.
The first thing to do is to call us at SERVPRO. We can use our professional knowledge on water remediation to find the cause of the problem and to fix any subsequent damage. Upon arriving at your home, we locate the reason for repairs quickly. The first symptom of a water damaged ceiling is staining of a brownish or yellowish color. A sure sign of a compromised ceiling is sagging. Both indicate water damage, even when there is no dripping water.
Once our SERVPRO technician finds the problem, we remove the part of the ceiling affected by the damage, which is done by measuring the damaged section and marking the area which is to be cut. A square cut is always made, ensuring all sides are the same length and width, since this is safer, and makes it easier to measure out the replacement piece. If the problem is caught in time, the area should be small, and the work, therefore, is made easier.
If there is any water damaged wood, we pay special attention to it, since wood is especially vulnerable to water. The greatest danger here is for mildew and mold to develop in it. We clean up any mold if it is present, and ensure the wood is dry before continuing further repairs.
After the area is thoroughly dried, new drywall is put in to replace the damaged section. Drywall compound generally dries overnight, and we apply another coat the next day. Once that is dry, sanding is done before it can be painted to match the rest of your ceiling.
A water damaged ceiling is something that needs attention immediately, so if your ceiling needs repair from a water disaster, contact SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island. We can always be reached at (239) 302-5700, and we bring the needed tools and skills to your home to fix the problem efficiently and promptly.
A Few Tips To Help Prevent Mold Damage In Your Naples Area Home
Moisture and Mold Are Growing in Your Naples Bathroom? Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Says Control Humidity and Temperature to Help Reduce the Chance of Needing Mold Remediation
If you have never experienced bathroom mold, you may be extremely lucky, or perhaps you simply are not looking in the right places. If you let it get out of control, it can cause significant damage, while if caught early enough, there is a simple fix.
Taking a shower, or a bath creates enough steam for your entire bathroom to remain damp for a short period. Leaving behind moisture that creates the perfect environment for mold damage to develop in your Naples home.
At SERVPRO, we often find that lingering moisture, leaky fixtures, wet cellulose materials, combined with poor ventilation provide mold with the food source that it needs to flourish. If you can see it or smell it, the problem is likely already bigger than you know.
SERVPRO technicians deal with situations all of the time where bathroom mold symptoms are not always obvious. It could be hiding just out of sight, under your sink, inside the cracks and crevices of your bathroom fixtures. Mold can even develop in your basement or crawl spaces and attic, both above and below your bathroom.
How do you prevent it from happening? Start by using the proper ventilation in areas of your home that have constant moisture sources, or appliances that develop steam during use. There is more than just your bathroom to worry about; mold damage can happen just about anywhere.
Cooking in your kitchen develops steam, which is usually handled by oven vents if you take the time to use them. Running your dishwasher, clothes dryer, shower, or tub all requires ventilation. This ventilation should be left on for at least 30 minutes after you finish using them.
If you do not have the proper ventilation, have it installed. The goal is to maintain a household (RH) relative humidity level of 50% or less. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help you achieve and maintain a constant level in your home.
When deciding on the type of shower curtain to purchase, look for one labeled as mildew-resistant and wash or even replace it frequently, while you should also take the time to wash your bathroom mats frequently, once a week would not hurt.
Taking all of these precautions may not fully prevent problems from developing. When things get out of hand, call in a professional from SERVPRO. We can help you discover the source of moisture creating your problem, fix it, while also removing and drying any standing water, even those small pockets found hidden in your walls.
Contact SERVPRO of Naples – Marco Island for access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists today. (239) 302-5700
How to Rescue Your Pizza Joint from Commercial Flood Damage in Marco Island
The quicker that you call SERVPRO after flooding, the less likely you will have secondary damage issues.
SERVPRO Remediates Flood Damage After an Event
In a commercial kitchen, danger can lurk behind every corner. Whether it is out of control frying pans, leaking taps, or appliances on the fritz, being prepared for the unexpected is always a good idea. In a pizza parlor, speed is of the essence. Unfortunately, quick turnaround times put a greater strain on the facilities, and there is a bigger risk of flooding.
If a kitchen flood has hit your pizza joint or takeaway food business, SERVPRO is the place to turn. We have many years of experience dealing with flood damage in Marco Island, and we can save your operation. With access to sophisticated drying equipment, our technicians can remove every last drop of water and leave you clean and dry.
However, the most important part of flood damage restoration for any food business is hygiene. The kitchen must be completely germ-free before you reopen and this requires the use of specialist cleaning chemicals. Keep reading to find out more.
Keeping Surfaces Clean
Fortunately, most of the surfaces in a commercial kitchen are designed to be very hygienic. They are almost always made out of a metal (like aluminum) because it is non-porous. It means that, if contaminated water does touch them, the germs sit on the surface. So, your sink, pizza oven, worktops, fridge, and other items can be wiped clean with a detergent.
These days, many pizza parlors use wood or clay ovens. These are harder to clean; hygroscopic materials absorb water vapor from saturated air. They need to be completely cleared out and all wet wood disposed of in a suitable manner. Depending on the level of moisture, an antimicrobial agent may be applied to kill developing germs.
Using Sanitizers and Disinfectants
When the SERVPRO technicians tackle flood damage in a pizza parlor, they have to think carefully about the chemicals that they use. Striking a balance between hygiene and safety is important. Not all cleaning methods are suitable for a space which handles food. The IICRC approves the use of sanitizers and disinfectants in commercial kitchens.
They are powerful, but they do have limitations. For example, it is always safer to get rid of food items, after a flood, even if they do not feel wet or moist. That is unless you keep your stock in a sealed refrigerator or walk-in storage unit. On the other hand, cutlery, glassware, and crockery can be deep cleaned and sterilized.
Don’t forget that the faster you return your pizza parlor to its former hygiene levels after a flood, the quicker it reopens to the public. SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island commits to helping local businesses get back on track. So, call us 24/7 on (239) 302-5700 today.
Being Prepared for Water Damage in Your Naples Emporium
SERVPRO Provides Mobile App Tool for Water Damage Mitigation and Prevention in Your Naples Business
SERVPRO Offers Emergency Ready Profile to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Business
Part of the success of your gift emporium is its ability to run unhindered and efficiently each day. A few things can, unfortunately, derail your business for an extended period, like water damage. Initially, the damages are severe enough. However, the long-term effects can wind up costing so much more money. You should, therefore, be ready for possibilities such as water damage since the right preparation enables you to recover much faster from problems like flooding or other issues with water. A more rapid recovery means that your business can go back to normal operations as quickly as possible. SERVPRO’s professional and knowledgeable staff can assist you in getting your business running properly again.
The right preparation for commercial water damage in your Naples building starts with knowing where the problems can likely occur, and this includes knowing where your water supply lines are so you can cut off quickly and safely. Checking of these lines routinely is important, plus making sure the controls are functioning correctly. You should keep emergency tools in place, easily accessible by your employees, and train them to use them as well.
A list of emergency numbers in an accessible area in your office is needed as well, including the number to a reputable water damage remediation company such as SERVPRO. Other numbers you need are emergency response teams and the fire department. The restoration process needs to start as soon as possible after any flooding or water damage, so you need to know whom you are going to call in case of a problem to avoid long term damage. Ask your local SERVPRO branch about the mobile app to mitigate damages called the ERP, Emergency Ready Profile.
A quick response to water damage is significant because it is the key to lowering the level of ruined inventory, preventing mildew and mold growth, and letting the destruction be repaired so you can get your business running back to normal as soon as is feasible. Keeping the damage contained and started the process of restoration also means more items are salvaged, and fewer products need replacing. The chance of mold is lowered as well, and the cost of remediation is at a level that you can handle.
SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island understands the importance of getting your shop opened back up as soon as possible, which is why we work quickly and efficiently to clean up any water damage your business sustains. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Just give us a call at (239) 302-5700 if a water damage emergency arises at your building.
The Dangers of Device Chargers and Fires in Marco Island
Inspect your chargers regularly. But if you do have a fire, call SERVPRO quickly to remediate.
SERVPRO Technicians Regularly Remediate Fire Damage
The number and variety of electronic mobile devices which need to charge are always increasing. These include mp3 players, tablets, laptops, cell phones, and e-readers. All chargers for these devices need space to breathe. They put off quite a bit of heat during the charge cycles that must dissipate with the right amount of ventilation. If you cover the devices and they cannot breathe, they can build up the heat and lead to a fire. The lithium-ion batteries installed in these devices have containers that are pressurized that can rupture when the temperature quickly rises, or melt down if it is hot for a long time. If your device has caused a fire, you will need a fire remediation company, such as SERVPRO.
Pillows, blankets, and bedding in your Marco Island home can block airflow and trap heat in your device. Therefore, do not leave your electronics charging on your bed while you are sleeping, as this can easily start a fire and cause fire damage.
You need to inspect your power cords and chargers on a regular basis for any excessive wear, as damaged cables can emit electrical sparks which can start a fire. Frayed or damaged cords should be thrown out right away. SERVPRO should be alerted immediately if you have experienced a fire because of a device charger.
One of the biggest risks is believed to be the availability of cheap, generic chargers. Safety and fire experts have reported that chargers on auctions sites are a lot cheaper than their branded counterparts, but that there is no guarantee that they meet safety standards. It was found that more than half had been wired with sub-standard components, and none of them complied with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
Different devices need varying levels of charge. Generic chargers, therefore, run the risk of putting too much energy into a device, which causes the battery to overheat. A fire can quickly start, especially if it is left unattended.
Branded chargers are not as likely to create a problem since they are designed specifically for particular devices. They are the most reliable when it comes to fire safety.
Small fires can start quickly, and spread even faster. If your home has been damaged by a device or charger fire, contact SERPVRO of Naples/Marco Island immediately. We have the experience, tools, and skills to mitigate your fire damage correctly. Give us a call anytime at (239) 302-5700, so we can come out to your home and go over the repairs and process of remediation with you.
Fire Safety Tips for Condos and Apartments
SERVPRO Tip: Have at Least One Fire Extinguisher in Your Home
SERVPRO Tips on Fire Extinguishers and More
The U.S. Fire Administration, during a typical year, home electrical problems account for 26,100 fires and $1 billion in property losses, claiming the lives of 280 Americans and injuring 1,000 more annually. Residential fires are often caused by electrical system failures, but much more are the result of overloaded circuits, long or frayed extension cords, and incorrectly installed wiring, in fact, about half of all residential electrical fires involve electrical wiring.
In South Florida and Naples, fire damage is always possible in many of the apartments are older, so it is important that we make sure our equipment is up to date. If you don’t know how to do this, check in with your landlord, it is their job to make sure everything is up to standards and working. If you do not think your equipment is up to date, let your landlord know! As we have heard a thousand times, “it is better to be safe than sorry.”
Every apartment, condo, or home should be equipped with at least one portable fire extinguisher; SERVPRO realizes that not everyone is as familiar with this technology as we are, so we have included some tips from our experience with advanced, automated building systems and knowledge of fire, security, and energy management systems. Having a working fire alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. Fire extinguishers are one factor for an emergency response plan. Each family member should know what the pre-arranged escape route is to safety. Your home should have smoke alarms that are tested and working (do not forget to exchange out batteries) in all bedroom areas.
How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher
Remember the word PASS:
•Pull the pin. Make sure the nozzle is directed away from all individuals.
•Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
•Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
•Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Larger facilities such as schools and university dormitories, public buildings, and hospital and medical facilities must also take precaution and heavily monitor each room and hallway throughout their buildings. Unlike a house or apartment, these facilities have hundreds of fire extinguishers which are part of automated systems that are monitored around the clock to make sure they are fully charged and operating properly. Recent technology has made it easier and more cohesive for the facility and building managers to monitor the fire system, HVAC controls, building-wide communications, and life safety systems through integration in the environmental control system that shares information system-wide.
Overall, it is important to be familiar with your surroundings and remember what you learned in elementary school: stay calm and locate a safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms. Fire extinguishers and alarms can save lives and property, but only if they are working correctly and appropriately managed. Since fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.
SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is ready 24/7 to assist you with any water, mold, or fire emergency you may confront by calling us at (239) 302-5700.
Keeping Kids Safe During a Naples Home Remodel
SERVPRO Says Keep Your Children Safe from Home Remodel Sites in Naples
Most children love to watch big vehicles and “workers working” so you can only imagine what a joy it is for them to see a dump truck pull up in front of our house and unload a full driveway full of gravel.
When in the midst of a remodel to your Naples home, no matter if it is a small bathroom or a large addition, it is exciting and new for children. It is important to understand that though the workers clean up reasonably well each evening, it is the parent’s job to be the safety monitor where the kids are concerned.
It might look enticing, but that mound of torn up lumber has nails sticking out of it and nasty allergens floating around it. So the first rule of the remodel is a tip from SERVPRO: Kids can only visit the work site with their parents or supervised adult. We insist on either holding hands or carrying them so we can see precisely what they see. Any tools are off-limits.
Another great tip is always to let your contractor know the number of children in the house, their ages, and whether any of them are likely to be a bit too curious. However, as a parent, you are the first and the last line of defense for your children's welfare and safety.
For restoration and repairs after a damaging event from mold, fire, or smoke, trust the pros from SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island by dialing (239) 302-5700.
Taking Precautions to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage accounts for billions of dollars in losses each year for renters and homeowners.
Prevent Water Damage by Taking the Following Precautions
When you consider water damaging your home, you might think about torrential rain, a hurricane or other natural catastrophes. The reality, unfortunately, is that damage can be caused by household appliances failing. These events can be just as destructive as a significant weather event.
Water damage accounts for billions of dollars in losses each year for renters and homeowners. It is also responsible for around twenty-five percent of property insurance claims, and data has suggested that water is ten times more likely than fire to damage your Naples home. SERVPRO, a professional water damage restoration company, can help you in the event of a water damage emergency in your home.
Preventing Water Damage in Your Home
There are steps you can take to help prevent water damage and protect your Naples home. It is good to understand some common causes of water damage. These include leaky air conditioning condensation drains, baseboard heating, and water heater, plumbing, and washing machine hose failures. These appliances don’t always give you warning signs until the damage has happened already. Therefore, you need to check them regularly. Below are steps to help you do just that.
First, know where the water main is in case of an emergency. If you are going to be away from home for a time, shut off the water supply and drain all pipes. If your home has an aging steam heating system, speak with your heating professional to figure out if turning off the water supply is safe. If your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, don’t turn the water off to this system.
Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional regularly. Get the lines checked annually and clean them when they are clogged. Also, inspect showers, water heaters, sinks, toilets, and dishwashers annually. Get them repaired if there are signs of corrosion or leaking. Install water heaters in areas with floor drains when possible to lower damage if leaks do occur. If water damages your home, SERVPRO can come immediately to help you clean it up.
Check caulking around bathtubs, showers, toilet and sink bases, and repair as needed. If your refrigerator has a water or ice dispenser, the hose connecting it to the refrigerator should be constructed of braided copper to reduce chances of corrosion and cracking. Inspect pipes for leaks and cracks and have pipe damaged fixed right away to prevent costlier repairs in the future. Lastly, check plumbing fittings and appliance hoses for crimping, breakage or bending.
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Even when you are diligent in maintaining your home, water leaks and damages still happen sometimes. When this happens, get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island right away so we can assess the damage. All you have to do is call us at any hour at (239) 302-5700, and we’ll have a professional technician to your home quickly so remediation can begin.
Commercial Water Removal on Marco Island
Books absorb water quickly and need to be handled right away in order to restore. Call SERVPRO today!
SERVPRO Can Quickly Remediate Water Damage at Your Business Location
Restoring a business back to its original state has its own, special requirements. Different property absorbs water and deteriorates at a different rate. Since paper is one of the first items to deteriorate, a bookstore's primary concern is not going to be the carpet or the hardwood floors. It is going to be their inventory. In this case, lowering the moisture level is going to be their first concern and our first task.
It is not going to be an easy one in Florida, but it can be accomplished. The inspector on our SERVPRO response team will use a commercial moisture meter to measure air content levels in every corner in every room. This allows us to determine the fastest plan to reduce levels to normal and restore commercial water damage. As the inspector begins, our team will pump out any standing water as quickly as possible. We need to do this in order to provide a safe working environment for our people and the store's employees.
As soon as it is safe, technicians will set up commercial air movers. This begins the process to replace the damp air with dry air. This not only lowers the moisture level but also pushes air over the inventory, drying books and other property directly.
Once the air movers are set-up, members of the response team will assist the store owner in moving property out of the affected area. It is important to isolate everything that should be thrown out in order to determine what can be saved and returned to inventory. Our team members can also assist in laying out salvageable books and other property on dry surfaces to help facilitate a faster restoration.
In corners or small rooms where air movers cannot be used effectively, dehumidifiers will be installed. These devices can draw up to 30 gallons of moisture a day from the surrounding air.
Swamp walks and Manatee watching is great for the tourists, but many of them still want to lay out on the beach with a good book. The weather forecast is good now, but rain is coming this weekend. Regardless of what business you may own or operate, SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is ready to help you recover and reopen your doors. Call us at (239) 302-5700 to get started.
Flooding in Naples Calls for Targeted Restoration Approaches
Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Storm and Flooding Damage in Your Naples Home or Condo
SERVPRO Keeps Residents in their Homes Whenever Possible
Floods are dangerous and damaging, often completely shutting a homeowner out due to intense damages. This, however, only happens in some of the most serious cases, and most of the time SERVPRO will be able to keep you in your home and only quarantine specific areas. We structure our treatments and equipment to be as minimally intrusive as possible and aim to keep you in your home whenever possible. Here are a few examples of treatments we provide that keep you in your home even as we work.
In most heavy-duty cases of drying in Naples flood damage scenarios, particularly those that make use of our powerful air movers, we cordon off a particular part of the home. This provides two benefits: first, it reduced the time necessary to dry that area, as the air moves at a faster pace in a confined area. Second, it allows the residents to remain elsewhere in the building while drying is contained to one spot. Sometimes, however, the structure may need to be vacated to get access to and dry out larger rooms or central areas. The circumstances will dictate the best approach to drying out any structure while providing the best service to our clients. We work with your insurance company should you hopefully possess flood insurance.
Repainting and Refinishing
Most of the time, when SERVPRO begins retouching and repainting materials and parts of the structure affected by flood damage, it doesn't cause enough of a disruption to warrant an empty building. You'll be able to go around our technicians once this part of the restoration process sets in, as they typically only work on a specific area at a time.
Mold Testing and Treatments
After a flood, the mold is a fixed factor in the minds of a homeowner and our technicians. We make sure to test rigorously for its growth and implement countermeasures to its expansion as necessary. Unless mold existed before the flood, we could usually section off small areas around any fungi, keeping them contained, and treatments focused.
SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island provides quality, affordable restorations for homes touched by floods. Call us 24/7 at (239) 302-5700 for our services.
Look Out for These 4 Signs of Water Damage in Naples Homes
Often, the first indication of water damage – even before damp patches appear on the walls – is an unpleasant, musty odor.
The 4 Signs of Naples Residential Water Damage
We tend to think of water damage as something that always happens in a dramatic fashion. We imagine heavy rains, storm damage, and burst pipes spraying water in kitchens and bathrooms. However, it also has the potential to happen much more quietly than this.
For instance, if a pipe bursts inside a wall, it may take some time before you notice a problem. Even then, it might not be water that you see. Internal leaks are usually identified by damp patches on walls, areas of mold, and strange odors. Water damage in Naples homes can be insidious, so you’ve got to know how to spot the signs.
If you do suspect that water damage is present in your home, the best response is to call SERVPRO. Our experts are based in your local area, and they are highly skilled when it comes to water damage repairs and restoration.
Before a full on leak develops, you’ll notice a discoloration of the wall or ceiling around the affected spot. This is how you know you’ve got a problem. It needs to be fixed before the water comes right through the drywall or roofing materials. Keep an eye out for expanding yellow and beige patches.
Often, the first indication of water damage – even before damp patches appear on the walls – is an unpleasant, musty odor. Stagnant water emits quite a strong smell, particularly if it is eating away at wood, drywall, or ceiling tiles. If there is a lingering, earthy scene throughout your property, call SERVPRO and arrange an inspection.
Peeling and Crumbling
When humidity levels are high, paint, plaster, and wallpaper begin to peel. The moisture makes it hard for them to stay sticky and adhered to surfaces. So, a clear sign of water damage (or developing moisture problems) is bubbles and blisters in the wallpaper. If you do spot this, run your hands gently over the affected area. If it is significantly wetter, slimier, or colder than other parts of the room, you may need urgent water damage repairs.
Tapping and Dripping Sounds
In some cases, you can actually hear a leak, even if you can’t see it because it has developed inside a wall or a crawlspace. This is especially common in the case of leaking roofs. If you suspect a problem, turn off all noisy appliances the next time that it rains. Just spend a few minutes moving through the house and listening for unexplained tapping and dripping noises.
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It is really important that you respond to water damage quickly. The faster repairs are carried out, the more of your possessions and home can be saved. SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is based in your local area. Get in touch, and we will be onsite quickly. Call 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.
Naples Mold Damage
Once mold spores have enough moisture to expand, they grow quickly, feeding on the surrounding building material.
Mold Damage in Naples
Hurricane and tropical storm season are over once again. We were spared the worst of it for the most part, and Naples Pier is as sturdy as it when it was built over a century ago. Even with the storm threat over, homeowners should still be concerned about possible aftereffects.
Mold damage in Naples can start with just a small amount of moisture and the right surroundings. Even though an area flooded with storm water is now dry, there is the possibility of remaining moisture behind drywall or otherwise hidden in your home. SERVPRO is ready with the equipment and experience to find it and remove it.
Once mold spores have enough moisture to expand, they grow quickly, feeding on the surrounding building material. Often, this goes unnoticed until the infestation has spread to a common area such as a bathroom or hallway or someone smells that distinctive musty odor. If you see or suspect mold damage, call us for a free, initial inspection.
If our inspectors discover mold, we can determine the source and just how far it has spread. Once the affected areas have been determined, our restoration team develops a plan utilizing our extensive inventory of equipment and anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaning agents available to thoroughly clean and remove the mold.
If the source is found to be behind a wall, we can drill several holes in that area and use special fans to force air into it to dry it out. If this is not successful, that section of drywall may need to be removed and replaced. Moisture saturated drywall is very delicate and can crumble simply by picking it up. Once the section is removed, the affected area can be quickly dried and then the now inactive spores can be vacuumed out.
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The weather in Collier county is much better these days, but high humidity and excessive moisture are always normal around here. If you detect that distinctive musty odor or otherwise suspect there may be mold in your home, call us at (239) 302-5700. SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is ready to help you secure your home from any mold contamination or any other restoration need.
Marco Island Fire Damage & Restoration
At SERVPRO we understand that sometimes, things have the ability to go horribly wrong.
Fire Damage & Restoration in Marco Island
Accidental fires happen every day, and they don't just happen to the unfortunate. A simple mistake can lead to a devastating fire that billows out of control, leaving more damage behind that you ever thought was possible.
Luckily, there are many services available through our offices in the local area for all of your Marco Island fire damage restoration needs. When accidents happen, don't hesitate to give us a call, we're happily ready to assist you with whatever you'll need to get back on track.
At SERVPRO we understand that sometimes, things have the ability to go horribly wrong. Having a few friends over for dinner, watching a game or having a barbecue can tire anyone out; to the point to where they feel that some things are better left for tomorrow. So, you finish up the obvious and hit the bed.
The grill wasn't taken care of correctly, the garbage collected during the event didn't get disposed of, and the accelerant used to speed up the barbecuing process is sitting between them, acting as if it doesn't want to be the center of attention.
A high wind hits and topples the barbecue over onto the accelerant; the accelerant quickly spreads along the concrete patio floor to the garbage can. The trash eventually has flames soaring from inside that reach the patio canopy, burns through the screens, molding and even breaks the glass of your sliding door.
Now that the fire is inside, it jumps from fixture to fixture, furniture, and draperies, decimating your family room and heading to the rest of the house with a vengeance. By the time it reaches your fire alarms to warn you of the danger, it is entirely out of control.
You manage to get your family to safety, and the Firefighters easily extinguished the fire upon arrival. But now you have a seemingly unlivable space and don't know what to do next. That's where SERVPRO comes in; we have the expertly trained technicians and experience to assist you with all of your fire damage restoration needs.
SERVPRO responds to your call immediately and begins work to return your home to its pre-fire damage condition. We work with your insurance company and get you and your home the services that will correct your situation with as little interruption to your routine as possible.
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Make the call to SERVPRO of Naples - Marco Island today; we're available to you 24/7 and will give you the services and respect you deserve. (239) 302-5700